Parent Support Groups

Autism and ADHD Support Groups

We currently run two groups aimed at supporting those who live with Autism or ADHD. This could be parents, carers, grandparents of children with Autism or ADHD. It could be adults who have themselves experienced growing up with Autism or ADHD.

The groups provide an opportunity for people to meet up, have a chat, support each other as well as finding out information. They’re informal relaxed groups of adults with regular visits from organisations that can help and support such as Autism Hampshire, South Hampshire Branch of the National Autistic Society, Parent Partnership and Parentlink.

Daytime Support Group: last Thursday of every month, 9.30am – 11.30am

Evening Support Group: second Monday of every month, 7.30pm – 9pm


TIDES provides a space where there is mutual respect and support and where acceptance and encouragement are a matter of course. Those who attend TIDES share the common experience and concern relating to depression and anxiety. It is expected that anything that is talked about in the group is confidential and everyone will be treated equally. It is
facilitated by Rachel from the YFM team.

TIDES takes place every Monday, 12noon-1.30pm.

Parent Support Courses

SPOT - Supporting Parents of Teenagers

Supporting parents of teenagers (SPOT) is a course for parents of teenagers (or those soon to be teenagers). The six week course looks at topics such as how well do you know your child, parenting styles, communication, behaviour and conflict resolution, rules and boundaries and support networks.

The course usually runs on a Monday evening or Thursday morning.

“I have found the parenting course very helpful and supportive”

Managing Your Child's Angry Feelings

Managing your child’s angry feelings is a course aimed at parents who would like some tips on helping them manage their children’s angry outbursts. The course is written by YFM, Families Matter and Hampshire Educational Psychology Department.

It’s a six week course looking at triggers and strategies. The course usually takes place either Monday evenings or Thursday mornings for approximately 1.5 – 2hrs.

For more information phone the office or email

Parenting Puzzle

The 10-12 week Parenting Puzzle Course (which is part of the Nurturing Programme) works with parents of children 0 – 19 years. Emotional health is at the core, provides the foundation to the programmes approach and underpins the many strategies within it. The cognitive relational approach promoted by the Nurturing programme emphasises the importance of the relationship between parents and their children. It looks at the balance between clear boundaries and expectations and parental warmth, interest and responsiveness.

For more information phone the office or email

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    283a Salisbury Road,
    Totton, Southampton,
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